is the Oceti Sakowin Camp,located just
north of the Cannonball River. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)
There have been a lot of headlines in the Main$tream media lately about pipelines. Pipelines are an issue that criss-cross not only the earth's terrain...but the social, cultural, economic and political landscapes and horizons of societies as well. If there weren't pipelines and fossil fuels to put in them...the elite would have to invent them. Why? because the elite need a reason to steal/exploit land and control the plebians "legally". Pipelines provide a very natural and easily understandable (by the sheeple masses) excuse.
Have a huge swath of wild land (with animals and resources) across a country and want to monetize it? Want to put a "price" (usually way under its true worth) on it and then get the banksters to print the money out of free air and loan it at interest to the government/corporations to "give" it to the indigenous peoples?
1. Get some greedy businessmen to discover gas or oil under the earth;
2) draw up elaborate plans for a pipeline that is routed through the most valuable parts...make sure it crosses rivers and goes through valuable agricultural/grazing lands;
3) Get some lobbyists to talk up the plan with politicians....let them buy insider shares in the companies and/or grease their palms if necessary;
4) Announce the plans as a "done deal" to the indigenous peoples...it just has to wait for the government to do an "environmental study" or some shi!t like that. Like I said...done deal; and
5) Voila!...the hitherto wild and unmonitized land now has a value...someone "owns" it (shhh....make like "nobody" owned it before). The Banksters get their cut of the interest rates on the government loan to pay the indigenous people their paltry compensation for the loss of their lands, wildlife, resources, culture, etc. The politicians get to be power brokers and exercise some of the pathetic power they think they still have (it is really the elite who are behind the scheme...not politicians) and the corporations get to dig up and transport (and get the public to pay for in sweetheart deals with the government) fossil fuels when there is much cleaner and more effective (i.e., electrical/solar) power available.
In the United States...the current pipeline swindle is taking place at a location in Dakota called Standing Rock:
What we’re witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government’s battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution.
Militarized police. Riot and camouflage gear. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Drones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force.
Speaking of Dakota...in particular South Dakota...I have always wanted to say a word or two about the defacing of the Black Hills. As a young person, I travelled with my parents to see the "Black Hills of South Dakota". This is an area which was home for centuries to the Dakota nation. Not only did the US government wipe out an entire nation of indigenous peoples...it carved an awful set of huge white faces on a rock cliff (known to have spiritual and historical value to the Dakota)....to glare down for infinity....on the few survivors. Talk about oppression!!!
It's almost as bad as having the cartoon faces of "Indians" as logos on their hockey and baseball Team sports jerseys.
When the President of the United States formally apologizes for the genocide of the indigenous peoples of North America by the US military and government, when it apologizes for desecrating one of their sacred sites and when it orders Sports Teams to get rid of mocking and racist logos...then I might think the country has awakened to its true history. Maybe then ruling class will change course and be an honest broker in pipeline deals with native Americans. In the meantime....the rape and pillage goes on:
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is behind the 1,885-kilometre Dakota Access pipeline, which, if completed, will cross four American states, carrying Bakken oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The $3.8-billion US pipeline is almost finished, save for a section that would tunnel under a reservoir of the Missouri River.
The largest of the anti-pipeline protest camps is the Oceti Sakowin Camp, located just north of the Cannonball River. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)
Pipeline opponents, who call themselves "water protectors," see the project as a grave threat to the region's drinking water and sacred sites. Others say the pipeline is safer than moving oil by other modes of transportation, such as rail.
For months, thousands of people have descended upon a handful of camps in the area to voice opposition to the pipeline. The largest is the Oceti Sakowin Camp, north of the Cannonball River.
But as weather conditions change, authorities are ramping up the pressure, saying it's time for people to leave the area — and soon.
In the past week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the federal land on which the Oceti Sakowin Camp sits, and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have both issued evacuation orders.
They point to the onslaught of a harsh winter, the need to protect the public from violent confrontations between law enforcement and protesters, and a lack of ability to effectively provide proper emergency services in the area.
Meanwhile, back in Canada, Prime Minister Justin "Le Dauphin" Trudeau has made an important decision...all on his own...dontcha know.
Trudeau cabinet approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway
Projects will pump nearly a million more barrels of oil a day from Alberta's oilsands to global markets
The controversial Trans Mountain expansion project will nearly triple the capacity of an existing pipeline to 890,000 barrels a day.
This $6.8-billion, 1,150-kilometre twinned pipeline will move a mix of oil products from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, where it will be exported to markets in Asia. Some of the product is also destined for Chevron's Vancouver-area refinery.
Gather around, kiddies and I'll tell you a terrible tale. About 10 years ago now, (July, 2007) there was a beautiful residential community nestled on the slope of the mountains along the southern side of Burrard Inlet. The people who owned the homes thought they were among the luckiest home owners on earth...living as they were on the quiet, peaceful, sunny shoreline of the West Coast...with a stunning vista of Burrard Inlet in front of them and a busy city behind them. Their streets were tree lined...their homes were worth on average over a million dollars....and that was back then...when homes were "cheap".
One sunny summer day, they suddenly noticed a black ooze puddling in their back yards and running down their sidewalks and streets...straight into the Pacific Ocean! The oil flow became heavier and heavier....turning everything in its wake, including shorebirds and other wildlife...a thick tarry black! An underground oil pipeline had burst and there was oil everywhere! Many residents didn't even know their homes were located over a pipeline. The community had to be evacuated. Emergency procedures were put in place. Traffic was disrupted....birds were dying on the black tarry beaches. It took several years to entirely clean up the catastrophic mess. And that was only from ONE pipeline. Now, with the new plan...there will be THREE pipelines travelling underground through the lower mainland. But the people have woken up. They know the dangers of building pipelines on the gravelly slopes of a mountainside...in an earthquake zone!
Already opposition to the pipeline expansion is being voiced..and the opposition party is going to make the decision into an election issue...in what is proving to be a very tight political race in the near future.
"....the risk to B.C.’s coastline from the increased tanker traffic is just too great."
The $6.8-billion project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, and would add 980 kilometres of new pipe along the route from near Edmonton to Burnaby.
It would also increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters seven-fold, from five to 34 per month, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors and First Nations who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.
Let's be frank here. There is no real political opposition. I am 100% convinced that even if the NDP get into government...they will allow the pipeline to be built. What's not to love about terrorizing the population ad infinitum with the prospect of the inevitable "oil spill"?
Oil, with its back oozing destructiveness is one thing...but Natural Gas Pipelines with their propensity to explode are even more terrorizing. And British Columbia is getting one of those too.
Canada approves giant LNG project on British Columbia coast
Canada has authorised the construction of an energy project that would see its liquefied natural gas (LNG) exported to emerging Asian markets.
The move comes despite concerns over the project's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the threat to an important salmon habitat.
The terminal, which will cost CA$11.4bn ($8.6bn/£6.6bn), will be built on British Columbia's northern coast.
It is one of the largest resource development initiatives in the country.
The federal government said it was granting permission to the Pacific Northwest LNG project to be built on Lelu Island, which sits at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
The project will see the construction of a natural gas liquefaction and export terminal in Canada's westernmost province.
- From the BBC
28 September 2016
At a news conference on Tuesday, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the project was approved following a rigorous review and comes with numerous conditions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Petronas, the Malaysian oil and gas company leading the project, estimates it would contribute CA$2.9 billion annually to the country's GDP.
The project, which has taken nearly three years to receive regulatory approval, is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first major energy decision since he was elected just under a year ago.
The natural resources file is a difficult one for Mr Trudeau, who was elected on a pro-environment platform and a promise to tackle climate change.
Karen Mahon, with environmental group Stand.Earth, said in a statement on Tuesday that "the government cannot make decisions like this while honouring their promises on climate change".
Petronas and the project's other shareholders will look at the final report and its conditions, as well as the overall LNG market outlook, before making a final decision.
A global supply glut of liquefied natural gas has driven down prices and investment in fledgling LNG projects in North America.
Pretty soon, the entire North American Continent will be criss-crossed and monetized by oil pipelines and gas pipelines. Tankers by the hundreds will be plying the waters of the densely populated coastlines....all will be well in their world...right? What could go wrong?
Mainstream Media is Silent After Major Pipeline Explosion North of Kansas City
A gas pipeline with liquid propane ruptured, causing the massive fire, it happened just north of Kansas City International Airport on Tuesday night, the pipe broke open exploded causing a large plume of flames which could be seen up to 15 miles away.
A glow in the sky was visible from the airport just after 6:30 p.m. on November 29th 2016.
The Southern Platte Fire Dept. tweeted that companies from their agency along with the Northern Platte Co. district and Kansas City, MO Fire Dept. were on the scene of a pipeline explosion. The cause of the explosion is not yet known. The site of the explosion was in a remote location, roughly a half of a mile away from the nearest home.
The identity of the owner or operator of the pipeline was not immediately available. But we now know The Pipeline is owned by Louisiana based Enterprise Gas Products, a partner shell company of Mid-America Pipeline Co LLC.